A comprehensive plan is an integrated policy document consisting of discrete elements that address different functional areas affection a community's longer-term future growth or quality of life (such as housing, transportation, economic development, recreation and open space, natural resources, etc.) Such plans are usually formulated by a local plan commission and adopted by a local government.
Provides comprehensive guidance to local officials and citizens about the future growth of their communities and shows the interrelationships between different growth objectives.
Needs to be coupled to effective land use controls and incentives for communities to realize their policies and guide local growth -- a plan is only as effective as its weakest element
Example 1: Minnesota
Description: MN Community Planning Guidance
Example 2: Ohio
Description: Ohio Balanced Growth Program
Example 3: Wisconsin
Description: Wisconsin has a smart growth law and nearly every county and community has a plan
Example 4: Wisconsin
Description: Comprehensive Plan example for the Bay-Lake region in Wisconsin.
Photo Credit: duluthmn.gov, Marinette County WI